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UNDER 16S FOLLOW SUCCESS OF UNDER 18S AS THEY PREPARE FOR EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE SOUTHERN CUP FINAL

Cobblers youngsters prepare for cup final action this weekend

7 November 2019

The Northampton Town under 16 Academy side, led by Gary Mills and Jim Scott, have qualified for the EFL Youth Alliance Southern Division final for the second season in a row.

The Cobblers youngsters are already celebrating having won the under 16s EFL Youth Alliance South East Division, winning five and drawing one of their seven fixtures.

Their opponents on Saturday are Portsmouth, who won the South West Division, and the club's Lead Youth Development Phase Coach Shane Goddard said the players can be proud of their achievement.

"We are delighted that the under 16 side have made it through to this final," he said.

"The boys have done exceptionally well to make it through. Through the season so far we have also taken the opportunity to play younger players up in the under 16s, with some of the under 15 squad and also an under 14 player appearing.

"FA rules prevent us from publishing the results of under 16 football on a week by week basis, but we are thrilled to be in the final this weekend.

"This is the second year in a row we have made this final - last year we lost to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth - so, when you consider the success of the under 18s over the last couple of years too, it shows a consistency within the Northampton Town Academy.

"We wish the boys well for the weekend."

The winners of Saturday's game will play the winners of the Northern Division final in an overall final to be played next month.


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